So lately I've been working on hats, many, many hats, as per usual, and something else too. The something else is what has me all up in tangles right now. I'm trying to write a book on how to make my crazy hats. Really I just want to make weird hats for the whole world, but unfortunately I think if I attempt that, my hands would probably fall off soon after lol. So to compromise with my craziness, and the many "you should write a book" statements that I've been getting, I've decided yes it's time to write it all down. I'm so used to just figuring it all out in my head through trial and error. But this is a good idea. This is a great way for people all over the world to join my Crazy Hat Society and for me to have a record of how to make all my shapes.
My idea of the Crazy Hat Society is a community of people who want to cheer other people up. For example: Say someone you know has been sick or just in a slump lately, and you really want to cheer them up. What do you do? One thing you could do is make them something special from the heart with your own hands. What better way to say I care about you and I hope you feel better then something you specifically made just for them. What I want to create here, is a society that is built on love and laughter. One that will work together to make the world a better place, one hat at a time. Other things I'd like to do within this group include, a great deal of contributing to charities and donating hats, scarves and other knit items to those who could really use them the most. There are many, many families out there that simply don't have the ability to get their children warm winter wear, or even themselves any either. Also there are many people out there right now that suffer from sever illnesses that could use a little cheering up too. So hopefully I can motivate people to try to help with these current issues by giving gifts of love. I've found that charity events are great to bring communities closer together. The more charity and good will that goes out into the world the more good influence will take effect in later generations. I say lead by example. Set the standard high to help all those around you. Help them achieve what they need to make the world a better, happier place. As most of you know I make charity hats for Endangered Species. They help the World Wildlife Foundation get closer to their goals of conserving animals and their habitats around the globe. With each one of these hats that I sell the WWF get $25 in donations, and endangered species all over the planet get the special care they need to survive in these harsh times. I would love to see more of this type of charity pop up to help save animals, or to help fight AIDS, or Cancer, Homelessness, Hunger, anything that you feel strongly about and that you think will benefit the greater good. If you think it would help someone, it probably would, so why not do it. Know someone who has been sad, make them a silly hat and watch their faces light up with laughter and a great big smile. It will make them feel great and you too, because you gave them that smile.
So with this book I hope to spread the gift of GIVING. In the book I'll teach you how to make all the shapes you need to make anything you could ever want. I'll show you how to break images down into basic shapes so you can create a crochet version of it. Also, there will be a few full patterns of my crazy hats and how to put them all together. Plus, ways for you to create your very own custom hats. Full of colorful images and great project ideas.
It's very difficult though, I'm not really sure as to where to start. I'm not really the best writer. But as of right now I have a bunch of shape patterns made up and the basic break down of how to make one full hat. I know it will take some time to complete, but I wish I knew how to go about getting everything done in a nice neat organized timely way. So far with the help of a program called OneNote, I've been pretty successful about the organized part. Now if only I paid more attention in my college writing classes.... lol. It's very hard for me to get all my "complete" thoughts down on paper. They usually come out in small spurts of very enthusiastic energy, followed by an hour or so of editing. I guess what I'm trying to figure out is what to do next. I have no idea what kind of situation I'm digging myself into, but hopefully it'll all work out and the book will be a success, and my message will be sent.
Wish me luck!